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Sexual SolipsismPhilosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification$
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Rae Langton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247066.001.0001

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Pornography's Divine Command? Response to Judith Butler

Pornography's Divine Command? Response to Judith Butler

(p.103) 5 Pornography's Divine Command? Response to Judith Butler
Sexual Solipsism

Rae Langton (Contributor Webpage)

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According to Butler, the claim that pornography subordinates women rests on an implausible assumption about pornography's mysterious, quasi-divine authority. The claim that pornography silences women rests on implausible assumptions about language and agency: that illocutionary disablement is undesirable (but it is ubiquitous!); that it undermines agency (a liberal illusion!). Butler is mistaken. There is nothing mysterious or God-like about the authority attributed to pornography. Speech act theory's account of verdictive and exercitive speech sheds light on its potential for social construction. The silencing claim does admittedly rest on assumptions about the value of agency, and disvalue of certain silencings. These are not implausible.

Keywords:   Butler, subordinate, authority, silence, illocutionary disablement, agency, verdictive, exercitive, social construction

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